We celebrated Xavier’s first day of preschool with crayon cupcakes, an idea I shamelessly stole from this blog (minus the non-vegan ingredients, of course). I sacrificed a few generic brand crayons* from the massive box of them I bought before I knew better (you know, the box you pick up thinking “Crayons are crayons, right?” before watching your child push with all of his might as he tries to get what amount to be wax candles in the shape of crayons to work the way the others do). The crayons are in honor of both the part of preschool Xavier is most excited about (art!) and my desire to avoid spending endless hours cursing over tiny pieces of gum paste or fondant that look nothing like the shapes I intended them to be. (I will leave this art to my much more confectionery-inclined sister-in-law.) I liked that I could explain to Xavier that I made the cupcakes with crayons because he loves art and he’ll be doing a lot of it in preschool. Little apples or chalkboards would have been way over his head. Both kiddos loved them (not that I expected otherwise, since, well, they are cupcakes).
*I noticed when we were eating the cupcakes (and you might have noticed from the photos) that one of the good crayons snuck into the mix. Ah, well. I suppose we’ll have to make due and enjoy good ol’ violet-rouge without the icing soaked wrapper.